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  • Google is now purging private medical information from their search results. Bloomberg reported the change in Google’s removal policies, which adds a single line that reads: Confidential, personal medical records of private people Google did not give much information to Bloomberg about the change, only telling Bloomberg that they have “confirmed the changes do not affect search advertising.” Google declined to comment further on why they are making this change now. Google lists very few examples of information they will remove content from their index, including: national identification numbers like US Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas Físicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, China Resident Identity Card and more. bank account numbers. credit card numbers. images of signatures. nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent. confidential, personal medical records of private people. ..

    Google now removing medical records from its search results

    Google is now purging private medical information from their search results. Bloomberg reported the change in Google’s removal policies, which adds a single line that reads: Confidential, personal medical records of private people Google did not give much information to Bloomberg about the change, only telling Bloomberg that they have “confirmed the changes do not affect search advertising.” Google declined to comment further on why they are making this change now. Google lists very few examples of information they will remove content from their index, including: national identification numbers like US Social Security Number, Argentine Single Tax Identification Number, Brazil Cadastro de pessoas Físicas, Korea Resident Registration Number, China Resident Identity Card and more. bank account numbers. credit card numbers. images of signatures. nude or sexually explicit images that were uploaded or shared without your consent. confidential, personal medical records of private people. ..
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  • In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more. Google bathtub table:Source: Instagram YouTube stair case with a strong message:Source: Instagram Google padded room:Source: Instagram Bing lunchbox:Source: Twitter

    Search in Pics: Google bathtub table, Bing lunchbox & YouTube stairs

    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more. Google bathtub table:Source: Instagram YouTube stair case with a strong message:Source: Instagram Google padded room:Source: Instagram Bing lunchbox:Source: Twitter
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  • Bad news for Google Photos users, as the search giant quietly removed one of the app's features that are considered very useful by many. It appears that the ability to backup your photos while charging your phone is no longer available to Google Photos users.Although it was initially thought t..

    Google Photos no longer supports the option to backup only while charging

    Bad news for Google Photos users, as the search giant quietly removed one of the app's features that are considered very useful by many. It appears that the ability to backup your photos while charging your phone is no longer available to Google Photos users.Although it was initially thought t..
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  • Google Maps is probably the single most used mapping service on the planet. However, it isn't without its flaws, and India's mapping and survey organization, Survey of India (SoI) made sure to point this out on Thursday. According to SoI, Google Maps is “not authenticated” and “un-approved..

    Indian government labels Google Maps as “unreliable”

    Google Maps is probably the single most used mapping service on the planet. However, it isn't without its flaws, and India's mapping and survey organization, Survey of India (SoI) made sure to point this out on Thursday. According to SoI, Google Maps is “not authenticated” and “un-approved..
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  • Every year we get excited about which dessert could possibly be named the next version of Android. It’s honestly such a trivial piece of information that hard-core Android enthusiasts get riled up about. A new theory suggests that the next version of Android, 8.0, could be named oatmeal cookie. The theory is strengthened by a couple of hard pieces of evidence. The first piece of evidence was found in Android’s source code as “oc-dev” which was used on several occasions, the most notable of which is the code which states that a Google Pixel devices is running the Android O Developer preview or ‘oc-dev’. “OC” could mean “oatmeal cookie”, which is blatantly written in the next and older piece of evidence. The second piece of evidence stems from this year’s Google I/O presentation over a month ago. There were mentions of “oatmeal_cookie” in sample code that was used in a presentation slide. While many folks are hoping that Android O will be named “Oreo” chances are it probably won’t be ..

    Google’s Android O could be “oatmeal cookie”, but could also still be Oreo

    Every year we get excited about which dessert could possibly be named the next version of Android. It’s honestly such a trivial piece of information that hard-core Android enthusiasts get riled up about. A new theory suggests that the next version of Android, 8.0, could be named oatmeal cookie. The theory is strengthened by a couple of hard pieces of evidence. The first piece of evidence was found in Android’s source code as “oc-dev” which was used on several occasions, the most notable of which is the code which states that a Google Pixel devices is running the Android O Developer preview or ‘oc-dev’. “OC” could mean “oatmeal cookie”, which is blatantly written in the next and older piece of evidence. The second piece of evidence stems from this year’s Google I/O presentation over a month ago. There were mentions of “oatmeal_cookie” in sample code that was used in a presentation slide. While many folks are hoping that Android O will be named “Oreo” chances are it probably won’t be ..
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  • Google announced on the Google My Business blog that they are now rolling out Google Posts to all Google My Business customers. A couple weeks ago, Google moved Google Posts into Google My Business and that is where you can access it now. Go to your Google My Business account and click on “Posts” on the left hand side menu when you are in your Google business listing. You can also access it by clicking here. You should see a screen that looks like this: After you click add post, you are given several options for your post. You can upload an image, write text up to 300 words, add an event title and start and end time. Add buttons to learn more, reserve, sign up, buy or get an offer. Here is a screen shot of that interface: Google says this give businesses the ability to: Share daily specials or current promotions that encourage new and existing customers to take advantage of your offers. Promote events and tell customers about upcoming happenings at your location. Showcase your top..

    Google Posts now live for all Google My Business users

    Google announced on the Google My Business blog that they are now rolling out Google Posts to all Google My Business customers. A couple weeks ago, Google moved Google Posts into Google My Business and that is where you can access it now. Go to your Google My Business account and click on “Posts” on the left hand side menu when you are in your Google business listing. You can also access it by clicking here. You should see a screen that looks like this: After you click add post, you are given several options for your post. You can upload an image, write text up to 300 words, add an event title and start and end time. Add buttons to learn more, reserve, sign up, buy or get an offer. Here is a screen shot of that interface: Google says this give businesses the ability to: Share daily specials or current promotions that encourage new and existing customers to take advantage of your offers. Promote events and tell customers about upcoming happenings at your location. Showcase your top..
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  • Hopefully you have a pitchfork within arm's reach at all times - because you need to be ready for this one. Now grab said pitchfork and start protesting: Google has quietly removed a feature from its Photos apps for both Android and iOS. What it did was only allow photo and video backups to 'the cloud' to happen while your device was charging. So if you enabled this, you didn't have to worry about Google Photos eating up your battery while uploading those 25,000 selfies you took within the past 12 hours. You were safe in the knowledge that it all took place while your phone was charging. Not anymore, though. The option has simply vanished from the Settings section of Google Photos. Now all you can do is tell it not to perform any backups while you're roaming. As always, you are also able to choose whether to back up photos and videos while connected to cellular data - if you turn both of those toggles to Off, then backups will only happen over Wi-Fi. This is..

    Google Photos removes ability to have backups performed only when charging

    Hopefully you have a pitchfork within arm's reach at all times - because you need to be ready for this one. Now grab said pitchfork and start protesting: Google has quietly removed a feature from its Photos apps for both Android and iOS. What it did was only allow photo and video backups to 'the cloud' to happen while your device was charging. So if you enabled this, you didn't have to worry about Google Photos eating up your battery while uploading those 25,000 selfies you took within the past 12 hours. You were safe in the knowledge that it all took place while your phone was charging. Not anymore, though. The option has simply vanished from the Settings section of Google Photos. Now all you can do is tell it not to perform any backups while you're roaming. As always, you are also able to choose whether to back up photos and videos while connected to cellular data - if you turn both of those toggles to Off, then backups will only happen over Wi-Fi. This is..
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  • Google Glass has received an update to version XE23. No, this is not an old headline from a few years ago. Google continues to sporadically support its wearable spectacles. The new update allows a Glass user to use Bluetooth to pair an input device like a QWERTY keyboard to Google Glass. After the u..

    Google Glass gets first update in nearly three years

    Google Glass has received an update to version XE23. No, this is not an old headline from a few years ago. Google continues to sporadically support its wearable spectacles. The new update allows a Glass user to use Bluetooth to pair an input device like a QWERTY keyboard to Google Glass. After the u..
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  • Back in March, Google began expanding its definition of what constitutes a close variant exact match, a change they expected to roll out “over the coming months.” At last Tuesday’s “Mad Scientists of Paid Search” session at SMX Advanced, I presented the latest Merkle data on what kind of impact we’ve seen so far. Here I’ll walk through some of the data presented there and explain what it means for advertisers. Close variant traffic share steady so far Taking a look at the share of all “exact” and “exact (close variant)” non-brand traffic attributed to close variants for a set of Merkle advertisers, we find that it has remained relatively the same so far in Q2 compared to what we’ve observed since the beginning of 2016 across all three device types for the median brand. I measured close variant traffic in this way because it gives a sense of what share of traffic would be attributed to close variants if every single keyword in an account were set to exact match. Thus, this method hel..

    Early performance results from Google’s update to close variants

    Back in March, Google began expanding its definition of what constitutes a close variant exact match, a change they expected to roll out “over the coming months.” At last Tuesday’s “Mad Scientists of Paid Search” session at SMX Advanced, I presented the latest Merkle data on what kind of impact we’ve seen so far. Here I’ll walk through some of the data presented there and explain what it means for advertisers. Close variant traffic share steady so far Taking a look at the share of all “exact” and “exact (close variant)” non-brand traffic attributed to close variants for a set of Merkle advertisers, we find that it has remained relatively the same so far in Q2 compared to what we’ve observed since the beginning of 2016 across all three device types for the median brand. I measured close variant traffic in this way because it gives a sense of what share of traffic would be attributed to close variants if every single keyword in an account were set to exact match. Thus, this method hel..
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  • Today’s Google doodle is a tribute to German-born filmmaker and visual artist Oskar Fischinger, on what would have been his 117th birthday. According to Fischinger’s daughter, he and his wife immigrated to America from Germany in 1936. “They were forced to leave Germany in 1936 when it became clear that my father could not pursue his work as a filmmaker there (avant-garde was considered degenerate by Hitler and his administration),” says Angie Fischinger, “But many people who had already seen his films recognized his greatness. He received an offer to work at MGM and stayed in Hollywood after the war.” The doodle’s creative lead Leon Hong calls Fischinger a “towering figure” in the world of motion graphics and animation. “He is best known for his ability to combine impeccably synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment, each frame carefully drawn or photographed by hand,” writes Hong on the Google Doodle Blog, “A master of motion and color, Fischinger spent months — so..

    Oskar Fischinger Google doodle honoring the filmmaker & visual artist doubles as musical instrument

    Today’s Google doodle is a tribute to German-born filmmaker and visual artist Oskar Fischinger, on what would have been his 117th birthday. According to Fischinger’s daughter, he and his wife immigrated to America from Germany in 1936. “They were forced to leave Germany in 1936 when it became clear that my father could not pursue his work as a filmmaker there (avant-garde was considered degenerate by Hitler and his administration),” says Angie Fischinger, “But many people who had already seen his films recognized his greatness. He received an offer to work at MGM and stayed in Hollywood after the war.” The doodle’s creative lead Leon Hong calls Fischinger a “towering figure” in the world of motion graphics and animation. “He is best known for his ability to combine impeccably synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment, each frame carefully drawn or photographed by hand,” writes Hong on the Google Doodle Blog, “A master of motion and color, Fischinger spent months — so..
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